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Russia's Khanty-Mansi authorities to organize Arctic cluster to diversify economy

The cluster will be an intra-sector facility
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia Vladimir Smirnov/TASS
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
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YEKATERINBURG, March 1. /TASS/. The Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District will have a cluster, targeted at development of the Arctic projects, Governor Natalia Komarova said in an interview with TASS on Wednesday.

"In line with the strategy for diversification, we have organized five clusters, which are unrelated to the fuel and energy complex," she said. "Plus, another one, a new one, we are launching now."

"Its objective is to offer conditions for development of the Arctic projects, from technology and equipment to training," she added, though without specifying time frames.

The district has potential to form up a new cluster - "Equipment and Technologies for North," head of the district’s economic development department and deputy governor, Pavel Sidorov, said.

"The cluster is focused on directions aimed at implementation of the region’s strategic position as Russia’s technological foothold for development of the North and Arctic," he said.

The cluster will be an intra-sector facility. It will unite specialized kinds of activities in the following sectors: the North’s environment, design and use of equipment and technologies for the "green" oil production; specialized equipment for conditions of the North and Arctic; food products, including the branded "North" products; extreme, ecology, scientific and educational tourism, accumulation of ideas regarding skills for living in extreme conditions, including use of indigenous people’s experiences; scientific work on promising equipment and technologies for conditions of the North and Arctic.